"I'm Walking Here" is a famous line Dustin Hoffman says in the movie Midnight Cowboy
, and while Colin Hay
evokes his delivery in this song, the subject matter is a completely different story.
Hay was on tour when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida in an incident that outraged the nation. Martin, an African American, was simply walking home when he was shot by a community watch volunteer after an altercation. "I was thinking what a sad state of affairs it is when someone can't walk home without being followed and accosted by some person in a car," Hay explained. "That song is the tragedy of there being those kind of deaths and heartbreaks that last forever with the families of the people that affects."